Fishwhacker Charters

Explore the beautiful waters of Panama City Beach and Shell Island by joining Fishwhacker Charters on this exclusive adventure. Captain Don Rice personally invites you on an epic battle against some of the biggest fish you’ve ever seen!

Your charter will take place on a 24’ Tidewater center console, powered by a 350 HP Yamaha engine, and equipped with a fishfinder, GPS, and wireless trolling motor. The boat also comes with Humminbird Electronics and a Bluetooth sound system, so you can play your favorite tunes while fishing. The Tidewater fits up to 4 guests and 3 to 4 people can fish at the same time.

Once you hit your destination, you can expect lots of action with lines screaming everywhere, fish flying in every direction, and water splashing all over the place. The captain calls these wild encounters “controlled chaos.” Even the most experienced anglers have a tough time dealing with some of these big trophy fish!

Capt. Don will either take you trolling, drifting, or bottom fishing, depending on what you prefer. He also offers fly fishing trips as long as you bring your own fly gear and let him know in advance. Otherwise, you’ll mainly be using light tackle with top-of-the-line Penn and Shimano rods and reels.

For your offshore excursions, you’ll go up to 9 miles from the coast to chase species such as Kingfish, Mahi Mahi, Amberjack, and Vermilion Snapper. On nearshore and inshore trips, you’ll be drifting or bottom fishing over beautiful wrecks and reefs in search of Black Grouper, Spanish Mackerel, and Cobia.

If you’re looking for an action-packed day of fishing in sunny Panama City Beach, then look no further. Fishwhacker Charters is the perfect day trip for your friends or family and kids are more than welcome to join, as well. Your fishing license will already be taken care of for you, so just bring a hat, sunglasses, and some sunscreen and join Capt. Don on an unforgettable adventure!



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  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $400
    price breakdown
    $400
    Join Fishwhacker Charters on a wild adventure and battle some epic fish like Tarpon, King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, and many more! Go up to 9 miles offshore to fight your big-game pelagics, or drift over some beautiful reefs to target bottom fish like Grouper. Departure time can be flexible depending on customers' needs and preferences. Please note that each additional hour costs $100 (for the whole group).
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About the Captain

Don Rice
Panama City, Florida, United States
ID & License verified
20 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since March 2019
Captain Don Rice grew up in Panama City Beach, Florida, where he’s been fishing since the early age of 12. Fast forward to 45 years later, and his passion for being out on the water is stronger than ever. Capt. Don finally decided to start guiding his own trips about 3 years ago, and to no surprise, has fallen in love with the job. His goal is not only to get you some fish but to show you a good time as well. It won’t take long for you to see why he loves the sport so much!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Black) Grouper (Black)

King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish
Snapper (Red) Snapper (Red)
Snapper (Vermilion) Snapper (Vermilion)

Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Speckled Trout Speckled Trout
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Tidewater (Center console) originally built in 2015. Powered by a 300HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 43 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Refrigerator
Wireless Trolling Motor
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Refrigerator
Wireless Trolling Motor

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3.5% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.90
out of 5 stars from 20 reviews
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1\/2 day with Captain Don
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Good experience
89%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
95%
Appropriate for children
89%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
79%
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Leslie R.
Hixson, TN
 5.00
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Above and beyond

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on June 13, 2020
The fishing wasn’t great due to the tropical storm that came through a week ago….not controllable. He gave us realistic...
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David D.
Montgomery, AL
 5.00
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Half Day Trip Turned Full Day With Captain Don

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on June 16, 2020
Great Day on the water. Originally planned an early morning trip but Capt Don gave us the option of returning to shore and...
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Tim L.
Panama City Beach, FL
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Half day trip with Captain Don

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on October 7, 2020
Captain Don did a fabulous job putting us on fish the entire time we were on the water. We caught Amberjack, snapper, Spanish...
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Joel C.
Houston, TX
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Half-day Trip with Capt. Don

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on August 5, 2020
Capt. Don was dealing with three novices and patchy fishing. He worked very hard to make sure we had the best possible chance...
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Jason G.
Panama City Beach, Florida
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on October 15, 2020
Awesome trip with my family. Captain Don did not disappoint. Would highly recommend doing this trip. Caught many fish and missed...
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